Friday, June 27, 2008

6/27 Evening News: Together At Last...

News Items
Clinton and Obama share stage in Unity, N.H.
"To anyone who voted for me and is now considering not voting or voting for Senator (John) McCain, I strongly urge you to reconsider," said Clinton ... as she implored her supporters to join with Obama's "to create an unstoppable force for change we can all believe in."
Related Articles:
FirstRead: Obama, Clinton's Unity in Unity
Newsweek: Analysis: Obama, Clinton begin unity campaign
CBS: Clinton Backers Try To Look Past Concerns
CBS: A Unified Front For Obama, Clinton
CNN: Obama: Campaign proved 'the progress we have made'
CNN: Crowley: A picture-perfect day in Unity
CBS FtR: Obama and Clinton: Shoulder to Shoulder
FOX: Clinton, Obama Coax Divided Dems Toward Unity
ABC: Obama on Clinton in Unity, N.H.: 'She Rocks'
NYT: Clinton and Obama Set New Tone
TIME: The Dems' Appearance of Unity
Politico: Clinton, Obama: So happy together

Big donors aren't in Unity
I know this is supposed to be a marriage, but behind the scenes, it feels more like a divorce. There's a lot of sadness and hurt between the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton camps, with both sides fighting over money and loyalty.
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ABC:
Tensions Remain Among Clinton Donors

Obama Brings on Clinton Policy Director
The unity continues... Obama has incorporated former Clinton policy director Neera Tanden into the campaign. Tanden "will help coordinate the domestic policy process under Heather Higginbottom, the campaign's Policy Director," according to an Obama campaign release.

Grover Norquist has a label for Barack Obama
Norquist dropped by The Times' Washington bureau today and, as part of his negative critique of Obama's liberal stances on economic issues and other matters, he termed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee "John Kerry with a tan."

Obama Aide: Bill Didn't Cross The Line
Obviously, we had a very hard fought primary campaign. And there isn't anybody on the planet that would begrudge President Bill Clinton for vigorously supporting his wife...

Bill, Hillary Clinton Contribute Maximum Amount to Obama
One good donation deserves another. Bill and Hillary Clinton on Friday contributed $2,300 apiece online to Barack Obama’s campaign after Obama and his wife, Michelle, wrote checks for the same amount to Hillary Clinton.
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Hillary and Bill Clinton Max Out For Obama
The Caucus: Democratic Unity in $, Too

Bush Pastor Launches Pro-Obama Web Site
Sparks are flying in the 2008 culture wars. The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, leader of the largest Methodist congregation in the country, launched a website yesterday titled "James Dobson Does Not Speak For Me."

Obama's Wife Vows Support For Gay Rights
Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife told a gay Democratic group Thursday.

Two Clinton Voters On Why They’re Not On Board With Obama
Malka Yaacobi, a musician from Cambridge, Massachusetts, said that she voted for Clinton in the primaries, and Obama still did not sit right with her. “I will not say I’ll vote for him,” she said. “ …I don’t trust him and he doesn’t have experience.”

Will Smith says he'd make a good Obama
The prolonged Democratic primary race had all the twists and turns of a Hollywood thriller, and at least one A-list actor is ready to portray Barack Obama on the big screen.

Obama Gets Carded Before He Pumps Some Iron at the Gym
He travels with a security entourage and a press corps following his every movement. But that does not mean he can sneak past the front desk at the gym without showing ID.

Obama dodges Rezko bullet
A first look at the prosecution's never-executed plan for testimony linking the two men.

McCain talks with auto workers
Republican John McCain on Friday told autoworkers in an economically depressed area of Ohio that he supports free-trade agreements many of them feel cost jobs, but also government investment to help produce the electric cars of the future.
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CNN:
McCain pushes free trade at Ohio auto plant
FirstRead: McCain Touts New Auto Tech, Rejects Bailouts

McCain on Town Halls, Elitism, Evangelicals
“I think there are some events where we are, organizations that we’re supposed to both be speaking to, and I would hope that maybe he would join me at those,” McCain said. “But it doesn’t seem that -- we haven’t gotten any more responses from his campaign, so I’m told.”
Related Articles:
FOX Blog: McCain calls prospect of joint town halls “very, very unlikely”

McCain: "I Will Be President of Everyone"
As John McCain's Straight Talk Express pulled into the General Motors plant this morning, a handful of protestors had gathered on the street. Some wore Barack Obama T-shirts, while some held signs.

McCain Predicts ‘Underdog’ Win in Final 48 Hours
John McCain predicted the general election race would come down to the buzzer Friday, declaring himself the underdog but quipping that he’d ride to victory in the last “48 hours.”

McCain calls Carter a 'lousy president'
The Arizona senator has long attempted to portray Barack Obama's policies as in the mold of Carter's, though the Republican has previously held back criticizing Carter so directly.

McCain Rejects Obama Criticism Over Women’s Rights
John McCain chastised Barack Obama and called for face-to-face town-hall meetings after being asked about a report that his rival claimed that if McCain is elected president, he will appoint a Supreme Court that rolls back gains in women’s rights over the past 50 years.

McCain Wraps Up Ohio Trek, Heads to D.C.
John McCain heads to Washington, D.C. tonight after a two day trek through battleground Ohio. McCain wasted no time while in the state, holding town hall meetings in person and over the phone today as well as touring a General Motors plant and attending two fund-raisers.

McCain: Hold the arugula references
Sen. McCain reiterated today to reporters that he intends to keep it clean and not cast his opponent as an elitist despite the push by some in the GOP strategists to do just that.

McCain content with outreach to social conservatives
Sen. John McCain says a scheduled meeting with evangelist preacher Franklin Graham this weekend is just that–a meeting.

Ad Watch: McCain energy ad short on specifics
Ad Watch: McCain runs new energy ad in key states and cable networks; short on details...

Watchdogs Ask: What About the Bundlers?
Chastising letters have gone out to both candidates just as they have been courting high-dollar donors.
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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Still Tied at 44%
For the third straight day, Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama and John McCain tied in national registered voter preferences for the fall election, each now with 44% of the vote.

Polls: Obama up by 5
Barack Obama holds a 5-point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN "Poll of Polls" — a slight decrease for the Illinois senator from previous CNN polls of polls released earlier this week.

Election 2008: Kentucky Presidential Election
John McCain still has a comfortable lead over Barack Obama in Kentucky despite the fact that the race has become closer by nine points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Bluegrass State finds McCain up 51% to 35%.

Election 2008: Texas Presidential Election
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Texas shows the presidential race has grown slightly closer over the past month. John McCain now leads Barack Obama 48% to 39% in the Lone Star state.
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Commentaries
A Nice Piece of Pageantry
The advance team put "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" on the sound system. It was nice music, but a little ahead of the game: There is still signing, sealing and delivering to do. They both need to put their money where their mouths, if not their hearts, are now.

Enough with the Clinton-Obama Drama
There's nothing to say. And yet we keep talking. Behold the power of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: the endlessly addictive Odd Couple of Democratic politics.

Is the Hispanic Vote Really 'Up for Grabs'?
According to USA Today, the "battle for the Hispanic vote is on." But what the paper doesn't mention is that one of this year's White House hopefuls is already the heavy favorite to win.

Cafferty: How united are Obama and Clinton?
But how close-knit is this family really? The fact is each is forced to rely on the other as the general election ramps up. Obama needs Clinton to help convince her supporters to vote for him in November. And Clinton needs help in paying down her campaign debt...

Is Dobson's Obama Hit Backfiring?
Attacks from the Christian Right on the Democratic candidate aren't getting the grassroots support they once could expect...

Clinton legacy presents quandary for Obama
The central choice Barack Obama faces is whether he can — and wants to — win with the Clinton legacy.

Reducing Abortions
So Wallis was a bit confused when he saw those same views on abortion making news on Wednesday, first in an ABC News article and then on Good Morning America and in the blogosphere the next day. The stories reported that Wallis wanted Obama to add a plank to the Democratic Party platform urging a reduction in the number of abortions performed.

The World As It Should Be: What Michelle Really Said
Can the LGBT community take heart in the leadership Michelle brings, and in the words she says? Yes, I think, we certainly can.

Obama and Ant Traps: the Feminist Candidate
Feminists who see Obama as just another guy need to look closer. His family is what the best of modern middle America is trying to be -- and they acknowledge that they're still trying to figure it all out too.

Obama to America: Stuck in the Middle With You
Barry 44 may bowl a measly 37 compared to Bush 43, but he's dead-on with his bull's-eye comments about guns.

Presidential Campaigning on the Down-Low?
Even if one disagrees with his call on public financing, Obama did a principled thing: he made a tough choice, and then he defended it publicly. That's democracy in action.

Obama and Telecom Immunity: The Importance of Pushing
Obama's recent statement on the new surveillance bill serves as a reminder that he is a politician. Not in either a negative or positive sense. It's just a plain fact.

The Obama Problem
The harsh reality is, Barack Obama can and will tack towards the center on issues that are important to progressives during the general election.

The Audacity of Dope
I'll take the Christianity of a Jesus Follower like Barack Obama over that of a Jesus Thief like James Dobson any day of the week.


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